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An Interview with Harris Kenny, Lulzbot
May 6, 2015
Whether you are deeply connected to the latest 3D printer news or even just beginning to explore it, you have likely heard of the company we are featuring in today’s Expert Interview, Lulzbot. Part of Aleph Objects, Inc., Lulzbot, and its flagship TAZ printer were recently rated as one of the top units on the market today by 3DPrint.com. One thing that really sets them apart from some other manufacturers is their commitment to openness, which is one of the topics we discuss in the questions below. To learn more about their product and what all it can do, we reached out and were granted an interview with Harris Kenny, Marketing Manager for Aleph Objects, Inc. The interview was conducted via email, and the transcript is here below.
1) How and when did you all decide to get into 3-D printing? What is it from your background that led you to this point?
2) How did you come up for the idea for the Lulzbot? Is there any significance with the name?
3) Who are the key employees at your company and what are their roles?
4) What type of material or filament do LulzBots work best with? Do you have plans to expand into other materials in the future?
5) What are build sizes are possible within LulzBot printers? Is the technology scalable at all at this point?
The LulzBot TAZ is absolutely scalable. Since our printers are built to respect user freedom, we provide the full bill of materials and freely license them. Thanks to the modular design of the TAZ, anyone is free to purchase larger size components to hack the TAZ to operate at a larger size.
6) Without giving away any trade secrets, can you talk a little bit about how your machine actually prints?
7) Can you talk a bit about your concept of "Libre" as it pertains to hardware, software, and the ethos of your brand? What prompted its creation?
8) Has anyone shared the innovations or adaptations they have made to their LulzBots with you? What is the most interesting or creative thing you have seen? Have any of them been incorporated into designs as the printer versions have changed?
Customers have redesigned components like tool head mounts, extrusion fans, print surfaces, and even full tool heads. We welcome this community feedback and can't wait to see what our users come up with next. Everyone can join the conversation on the LulzBot Forum by visiting Forum.LulzBot.com.
9) Who or what industries, at this point, are you aiming your product towards?
10) In your mind, given the wealth of 3-D printing technologies and devices out there, what makes yours stand out from the crowd?
11) Given the explosion in the industry, what do you see from it in the next 5-10 years? Will it continue to become more crowded and do you think we will reach a point where it becomes commonplace for everyday consumers to have a 3-D printer in their house?